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Fall Mornings with French Toast

By Cameron Madge October 08, 2014

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French Toast
Feed your family a hearty breakfast featuring the flavors of fall with French toast!

Roche Bros. has all the ingredients you need to make your breakfast satisfying and exciting. Here is a look at our top suggestions for making your French toast great:

The bread
French toast is only as good as the bread you use to make it, and it’s so versatile that you can make it with any bread you and your family prefer. Stop by our bakery for Braided Challah Bread, or add some sweet spice from the start with Our Bakery’s Cinnamon French Toast Bread. Keep it simple with white or wheat sandwich bread in the grocery aisle. Or make it truly French with brioche or a baguette. Any of Our Bakery’s Artisan Breads are sure to be the basis for breakfast your whole family will love!

The batter (and other coating)
Of course you’ll need eggs to make the batter. Crack the eggs and then whisk in some milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract for French toast that’s simple and delicious.

For a sweet and spicy kick, enhance your batter with a hint of ginger. Or make it a little nutty with some almond extract.

Change up the milk by using almond or coconut milk for a dairy-free option. Add some orange or lemon juice for a zesty citrus flavor.

Give it a little extra crunch by coating it with shredded coconut or corn flakes!

The toppings and more
French toast is a meal ripe for toppings and fillings to make it special. The obvious additions are pure maple syrup, butter (try Cabot Butter from Vermont or Kate’s Homemade Butter from Maine) and confectioner’s sugar. Change the butter up for apple butter, or make a berry compote instead of syrup.

Turn your French toast into a celebration of fall by adding any of the apple varieties in the produce department! Bake them into your French toast with our recipe for Baked Apple French Toast.

Make a French toast sandwich by spreading it with ricotta cheese (add chocolate chips!) or cream cheese and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

From all of your Roche Bros. family, we hope you enjoy your breakfast!

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What’s New: An Apple A Day

By Cameron Madge September 30, 2014

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Apple Basket
At Roche Bros., we can feel fall in the air and we’re excited to celebrate the abundance of apples, fall’s favorite fruit.

Take a walk through our produce department and see the wide selection of apple varieties. Whether you’re looking to sink your teeth into an apple for a snack, bake a pie or anything in between, we have apple varieties for every taste and purpose!
Bake them into our recipe for All-American Apple Pie.

Hollow out some larger apples and use them as a vessel for this Apple-Cranberry Warm-Up, a hot apple cider with a hint of cranberry for a cool fall evening.

Try this simple recipe for Crescent Cheddar Apple Pie: buttery crescent roll dough filled with apples and cheddar cheese and topped with cinnamon and sugar.

Stop by the grocery aisle for some apple butter to spread on your morning toast. And savor apple cider donuts from our bakery.

Here at Roche Bros., now is the time to enjoy your tried-and-true apple favorites and find something new to try, too!

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SmartHarvest Hydroponic Lettuce

By Dena Zigun May 19, 2014

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We’re running a small pilot that could be a part of something really big!  Roche Bros. has introduced SmartHarvest Bistro Blend hydroponic lettuce – now available in our Wellesley store and at Brothers Marketplace in Weston.  Grown locally at Volante Farms in Needham using innovative retrofit shipping containers, SmartHarvest Hydroponic Lettuce offers an environmentally friendly, non-GMO, pesticide free product that is tender and bursting with flavor!

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How does the lettuce go from container to table? Everything starts with the SmartHarvest container.  Custom built from retired shipping containers (saving them from the junkyard), the folks at AquaHarvest build a special growing unit that allows for precise control of 20 different variables affecting the final product – from the exact amount of water to the right spectrum of light and balance of nutrients.  Growing in these controlled environments can save 90% of the water that traditional methods would require, and allows the lettuce to grow without need for any pesticides or GMOs.  Growing in vertical layers reduces the land footprint required by a whopping 97%.  And housing these containers at Volante Farms in Needham means the hyper-local product saves thousands of miles of transportation costs and impact.

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Bottom line, not only does SmartHarvest Lettuce taste delicious, it is a fresher, higher quality offering that gets to you faster with huge environmental savings.  Learn more at the Aqua Harvest website, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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